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the flaming lips drums

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hey any one know how they record their drums mostly i hear da couple things, 1 u47, or 1 u47 and another mic.
who knows, anybody? i love their sound. dave is awesome.
jal

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e-cue Fri, 11/09/2001 - 02:29
I love their drum sound as well. I'm not sure how they achieved it, but I got close once when I mic'ed my kit like I normally do along with farly distant U87's as room mics. I squashed the dogwater out of them with 2 Shure Level Locks. (BTW, if you ever find one of these BUY THEM!, I've been looking & haven't seen one in a long time). It gives you an edge & power that Dave gets. I had to nudge these tracks forward in protools so I didn't get weird phase issues, but it sounded very similar to the Flaming Lips. Hope it helps, good luck.

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Pro Audio Guest Fri, 11/09/2001 - 08:34
hey jflush,
i actually went to tarbox studios this summer. i just wanted some people to talk about dave and his great work. the studio is like 45mins from my home town and i was visiting my mom so i ws like im gonna call and see if theyll let me take a quick tour. i got to meet dave and hes real cool and hes got alot of cool gadgets. i actually had one that he had, but i never used it cause i didnt know what it really was and then he told me so its in my chain all the time now.it was ral cool that he aloud me to come and check it out. hey i c ur in buffalo, im from warren, pa.

hey e-cue,
what is this shure level lock thing? is it a mic or a line level mixer or what, im really interested ive never heard of them.
thanx guys,
jal

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e-cue Sun, 11/11/2001 - 03:40
Originally posted by jal:
hey e-cue,
what is this shure level lock thing? is it a mic or a line level mixer or what, im really interested ive never heard of them.
thanx guys,
jal

It's a mic-level podium compressor, and drums drive the thing so hard it distorts and compresses like crazy. You can get a backwards drum kit sound if you turn it all the way up. I usually mix this in with the kit so I don't get too out of control. Producer David Khane (Fishbone, Blake Babies, and more recently Sugaray, No Doubt) turned me on to these. They are incredible if your looking for a power indie rock sound.

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e-cue Sun, 12/15/2002 - 05:55
Wow, I know this is kinda a stale thread but...

The Shure Level Loc isn't a very rugged little box. It's about 3/4ths a rack space. The power supplies to these, well, I have yet to see one. This kind of sucks since I'd like to rack mount it, but that's useless seeing as I'll just end up feeding it 9 volt batteries day after day.

Lately a $35 ECM-8000 mic between the kick and snare directly into this little bad boy will do the trick.

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